Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

May 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 18, 2018 Brazil Cristina Maza, “Did Isis Reach Brazil? 11 People Are Charged With Trying to Set Up a Jihadi Cell” (Newsweek, May 18, 2018). The individuals did not know one another but allegedly were using the messaging app WhatsApp to discuss plans to conduct a terrorist attack Cuba Nora Gamez […]

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The day ahead: May 18, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m off shortly to talk about Colombia before a human rights seminar, a class of mostly civilians from around the region, at the National Defense University’s Perry Center. I’ll be in the office in the afternoon, working on my LASA paper and just trying to get […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 17, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico “Editorial: The Cruelty of Breaking Up Immigrant Families” (The New York Times, May 17, 2018). Even supporters of tougher enforcement should tell the White House that it is going too far. It can enforce immigration laws without such draconian measures and protect children Colombia “Editorial: […]

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Talking Colombian elections on WBEZ Worldview

Here’s an 11-minute interview from yesterday with Jerome McDonnell, the veteran and deeply knowledgeable host of Worldview on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. We look at Colombia’s upcoming elections and the state of peace accord implementation. These interviews, especially live ones like this, are nerve-wracking, even when it’s a topic I follow closely. Time is very limited, […]

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The day ahead: May 17, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’ve completed a lot of the writing I’d hoped to do this week, with one big exception: the paper I’m to present next Wednesday at the Latin American Studies Association convention in Barcelona. Luckily I have a free schedule today and can spend several […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 16, 2018 Brazil Aline Oyamada, Julia Leite, “He’s Vulgar, Offensive and Wildly Popular With Traders in Brazil” (Bloomberg, May 16, 2018). A little like what was so often heard during the 2016 U.S. campaign about Donald Trump, the refrain “he says what I’m thinking but can’t say” comes up time and […]

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The day ahead: May 16, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) We’ve got some Latin American visitors from a State Department exchange program late-morning, and I’ll be on WBEZ Chicago’s Worldview program around 1:20 Eastern time, talking about Colombia’s elections. Before and after that, I’ll be finishing a presentation on human rights in Colombia I’ll be giving […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 15, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico Daniel Gonzalez, “Another Migrant Caravan Is Coming, Organizers Say, Despite Trump Backlash” (The Arizona Republic, May 15, 2018). The caravan will take place around the same time as this year, as it has for the past 10 years Colombia Juan Carlos Garzon v., Juan David […]

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Jailing All Border Crossers and Separating Families Would Break U.S. Courts, Ports, and Prisons. (It’s Cruel, Too.)

Here’s a new border analysis at WOLA’s website. In a nutshell: The Trump administration, especially Jeff Sessions, is proposing to prosecute and imprison every single person who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border “improperly.” This would happen even if the border-crosser is someone seeking asylum. If the asylum-seeker is a parent with a child, they would take […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(Week of May 6-12) ELN Talks Restart in Havana Government and ELN negotiators relaunched peace talks in Havana, Cuba on May 10, continuing a fifth round of negotiations that had begun in Quito, Ecuador on March 15. The process was interrupted on April 18 when Ecuador’s President, Lenin Moreno, suspended the country’s hosting of the […]

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The day ahead: May 15, 2018

I’m reachable, but replies may be delayed. (How to contact me) I’m working at home, with a lot of writing to do. I’ll post another Colombia update, then work on a presentation I’ll be giving Friday about human rights issues in Colombia, and a paper that I’ll be presenting next week about the state of U.S. policy […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 14, 2018 Brazil “Brasil Vai Pedir Acesso a Documentos Da Cia Sobre Ditadura Militar” (Veja (Brazil), May 14, 2018). Decisão do Itamaraty vem em resposta a uma carta do filho do jornalista Vladimir Herzog, morto pela ditadura durante o governo do general Ernesto Geisel Central America Regional, Colombia Sgt. Booker Thomas, […]

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